Board of Directors
The Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of influential members of the local and college community, who understand the key roles that Foothill and De Anza colleges play in our region. The Foundation Board is also committed to raising awareness and generating philanthropic support that has placed both colleges at the top of community colleges throughout the nation.
The 2021-2022 Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors
RIMI BEWTRA, President
Rimi Bewtra is a seasoned, customer-focused executive with a proven track record for having brought to market 10+ successful products and has demonstrated an excellent track record in software, technology, and driving go-to-market initiatives.
Having spent 20+ years as a marketing executive across numerous product lines at Fujitsu, Oracle, ServiceNow and now most recently serves as Vice President of Solutions Marketing at PowerSchool. She is passionate about giving back to the community and looking for new ways to support and enrich the lives of Foothill & De Anza students.
ASHLEY OROPEZA, VICE PRESIDENT
Ashley Oropeza is a Foothill Aluma who transferred to the University of San Francisco. During her time at Foothill, she was active in student leadership and diversity programming. Now at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Clinical Operations, Oncology. She is a young professional who is eager to give back to Foothill and serve the community.
BEN DUBIN, TREASURER
Ben Dubin joined Asset Management Ventures (AMV) as a partner in 1998 and has over 20 years of experience working in technology, primarily as an engineer and technologist.
Prior to joining AMV, he was the senior manager for Enterprise Java at JavaSoft. His responsibilities included the introduction, management, and marketing of the EJB component technology as well as some other essential Java interfaces such as JNDI, JMS, RMI, and JDBC technologies.
In 1987, he joined Sun Microsystems under Eric Schmidt and helped design and release a state of the art parallel software development environment. He started as a hardware and software engineer at Lockheed Martin in 1985 designing EDA tools for chip and board-level systems. Ben has co-founded two Silicon Valley start-up companies: Full Source Software, an open-source application software firm, and Los Altos Technologies, an open systems software security business, both with his friend and business partner Gary Kremen. He holds a US patent on a technique for minimal information database restoration.
When Ben isn't working with tech, he enjoys playing with his sons in the outdoors, working on cars, and keeping fit. He is also a teacher for the last 8 years at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, teaching a class that he created in entrepreneurship. Ben is also involved with the Finance Committee of the Computer History Museum and is a trustee at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.
Ben holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Michigan, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
DUDLEY ANDERSEN, SECRETARY
Dudley Andersen has over 40 years of experience in strategic and financial management as a financial advisor, corporate executive, and business founder.
He attended the US Coast Guard Academy, received a BS in management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and earned MS and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in Operations Research, Business, and Engineering-Economic Systems Planning.
Dudley started his business career at Stanford Research Institute where he became Director of Management Consulting, assisting numerous businesses and governmental organizations. He then co-founded a financial counseling company, providing financial advice to affluent individuals and businesses. He continues to provide financial advice to a number of individuals and businesses. He later was employed by Apple, Inc., where he was Senior Director of Corporate Development and Strategic Planning. While at Apple, he helped coordinate the acquisition of NeXt, which eventually resulted in the return of Steve Jobs to Apple.
After leaving Apple, he consulted with a number of Silicon Valley companies, assisting in acquisitions and financial management. He is on the Advisory Committee to the School of Management Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was Chair of the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and has participated on the Audit Committee for the Foothill-De Anza Foundation. He is also Chief Financial Officer and Board member of the Environmental Volunteers. He serves on the Investment Committee and as a member of the Board of the Cardiac Therapy Foundation. Dudley is married, with two grown children and five grandchildren.
AMINE KHECHFE, IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Amine Khechfé is the Chief Strategy Officer for Stamps.com and co-founder of Endicia. He has over 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley and is also the treasurer of and serves on the board of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce.
In his current role, Amine is responsible for investigating expansion into new markets, new geographies, and new innovations, leading all global postal and carrier relations, and identifying international partnering and acquisition opportunities.
Stamps.com/Endicia provides eCommerce shipping technologies and services that have allowed their customers to print in excess of $31 billion in mailing and shipping labels. Amine, co-founder of Endicia, has held a variety of management roles in engineering, management consulting, software development, marketing, business development, and sales engineering during his career. Amine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science in Engineering from Stanford University and served on the board of directors of Shipwire, Inc.
Swati Advani is an active member of the Bay Area community and is involved with a variety of causes and organizations. She has devoted her time to both early childhood and secondary education and has been engaged in fundraising efforts for the Las Lomitas School District in San Mateo County as well as Pinewood School in Los Altos.
She is currently active in Jumpstart’s efforts to boost preschoolers’ performance in low-income neighborhoods. She is also active in US-India cross-border philanthropic initiatives around education and microfinance through the American India Foundation and the Lok Foundation.
Prior to her work on education in the Bay Area, she pioneered the environmental sciences program at the Bombay International School in Mumbai, India. During her years in Washington, DC, she worked on a variety of environmental class action suits.
She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Bombay. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Finance from the University of Bombay. She is married with three daughters and lives in Atherton, California. In addition to the Bay Area, she has lived for extended periods of time in Washington, DC, Mumbai, and Singapore.
Shyamoli Banerjee has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University in New York and has designed computer chips for many technology companies in Silicon Valley.
She is passionate about making math and science accessible and fun for all students
and has mentored elementary school students in challenges like Odyssey of the Mind.
A certified yoga teacher, she has taught yoga to high school students to help them
deal with stress. Her holistic approach to yoga shows students how to reach out to
their peers who are also experiencing high levels of stress.
She has led many fundraising projects for her college as well as her children’s school to improve technology availability and internet infrastructure.
Recently, Shyamoli has been spending time remodeling and designing homes plus traveling to places where she can ski and bike, her other passions.
Diana Bautista is the Government Relations Manager for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. In this role, she is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with local, state, and federal elected officials and their staff.
She serves as a liaison to the various community organizations and trade associations and helping to advocate on legislation and public policies that impact Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Her career has long been in government and in serving the community. Most recently, she was the Government Relations/Public Policy Associate for the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce and the San Mateo County Economic Development Association. Prior to that, she was the District Representative for State Senator Abel Maldonado. She is also an active member of the community- having served on some sort of board or commission for over 20 years. Some notable highlights include the Daly City Library Board of Trustees, the Commission on the Status of Women for San Mateo County, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley. Currently, she is a part of Silicon Valley Reads, the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Citizens Advisory Committee for the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and attended San Francisco State University where she received a BA in Psychology- with an emphasis in Industrial/Organizational.
Laura Casas, BOARD OF TRUSTEE, EX-OFFICIO
Laura Casas was elected to the Board of Trustees without opposition in 2007 after being appointed to the board in 2005, and was re-elected in 2012, 2016, and 2020.
She holds a law degree from Santa Clara University, and a bachelor's degree in political
science from California State University, Northridge. Active at the state and local
levels, Casas was elected by her peers in 2011 to the statewide Trustees Board of
the Community College League of California, and is past chair of the League's Advisory
Committee on Legislation. She is a graduate of the HOPE Leadership Institute operated
by Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, and serves on the boards of Children
Now, a national organization that makes children a public policy priority, and ALearn,
a grassroots organization dedicated to underrepresented students' success in college.
For the past decade she's mentored students through Puente, an academic preparation
program focused on college success. Her past activities include the Foothill-De Anza
Foundation Board of Directors, Santa Clara County's 6th District PTA, and the Santa
Clara County League of Women Voters' Education Committee. She co-founded a transitional
home for domestic violence victims in Los Angeles and has worked as a claims representative
for an international commercial liability carrier. Her term expires in 2024.
Pearl Cheng, BOARD OF TRUSTEE, EX-OFFICIO
Pearl Cheng was appointed in 2008 to fill a vacancy on the Board of Trustees and was elected without opposition in 2009 and re-elected in 2014.
Cheng is a resident of Cupertino who served for eight years on the Cupertino Union School District Board of Education and held leadership positions with the Santa Clara County School Boards Association. She has served on the De Anza Commission, an auxiliary of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation that represents De Anza College in the community. She worked for many years at the NASA Ames Research Center, most recently as associate director for management operations in information sciences and technology. Following her high-tech experience, she worked for a decade in non-profits serving as the education manager at United Way Silicon Valley developing literacy, intervention, and parent education programs in east San Jose. In March 2016, she was an invited participant at the College Promise Initiative planning meeting at the White House. She holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor's in engineering from the University of Iowa.
Bernadine Chuck Fong, ACting President, Foothill College, EX-OFFICIO
Veteran education leader Bernadine Chuck Fong began serving as acting president of Foothill College on November 1, 2021, and will serve until June 30, 2022. Fong was president of the college from 1994 until she retired in 2006.
Since 2014, Fong has been director of leadership initiatives in the Office and the Vice-Provost for Graduate Education at Stanford, where she directs the Preparing Future Professors shadowing program for doctoral students interested in academic careers, and the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research. Her research interests include academic leadership, organizational development, and community colleges as agents of educational equity, and she is a recognized leader in organizational transformation and faculty development.
Fong started working at Foothill in 1970 as an instructor in psychology and child development, fields in which she wrote two textbooks, and served as Foothill’s Academic Senate president. She moved from teaching into administration as founding dean of the Palo Alto Center, Foothill’s off-campus education site, then went on to serve in various leadership posts including as dean of administration and vice president of instruction and student services before becoming president in 1994.
During her original tenure as president, Fong was a champion of innovation. Under her leadership, Foothill was one of the first community colleges to offer online credit courses via the Internet in 1995. The college distinguished itself by developing an open-source online course management system, ETUDES (Easy to Use Distance Education Software), which offered 11 online associate degrees and more than 200 courses and served a consortium of more than 50 community colleges and universities for 90,000 online students.
Long interested in professional development for K-12 teachers and the integration of technology into the curriculum, Fong was an early advocate for the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College, a high-tech regional resource center for K-12 teachers that has now served more than 23,000 local educators.
She has been an executive leadership coach for Achieving the Dream, a national organization of more than 250 community colleges committed to institutional transformation focusing on underachieving students, particularly low-income students and students of color. She has served as an executive coach for Hawaii’s community college system and for colleges in Washington state and New York City.
Fong worked for five years from 2009-2014 as senior managing partner for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching located on the Stanford campus, and led the Carnegie Math Pathways initiative, which has tripled the success rates of students in mathematics, particularly students of color.
Born and raised in Palo Alto, Fong holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University. She has been a visiting professor and scholar at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education and served on the university’s Board of Trustees.
Fong has served on numerous local, state and national boards including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the American Association for Higher Education, American Association of Community Colleges, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, John W. Gardener Center for Youth and Communities, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Menlo College. She is a fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley and the American Council on Education.
Kelly Davis has been in the financial services industry for more than 30 years. She has a broad background in banking with both lending and business development expertise.
Currently, Kelly is a Client Development Officer for Boston Private, based in the Los Altos banking office. Previously, she spent 15 years at Heritage Bank of Commerce as Regional Manager.
Kelly and her family have lived in the Los Altos area for 30 years. Working in the community in which she lives has always been important to her. Over the years, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Los Altos Village Association, the Endowment Fund of the Junior League in Palo Alto-Menlo Park, the Palo Alto Red Cross, and as a member of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce. She is a passionate equestrian and enjoys riding and competing.
Lloyd A. Holmes, PRESIDENT, DE ANZA COLLEGE, EX-OFFICIO
Lloyd A. Holmes, a veteran educator with a track record of removing barriers to student success, became president of De Anza College on July 1, 2020. He is the college's fourth president since its founding in 1967.
Holmes was previously vice president of student services at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system of two- and four-year schools.
During his six years at Monroe, he provided statewide leadership in the SUNY system by mentoring other colleges in implementing the SUNY Guided Pathways model, after successfully leading that initiative at Monroe. He also served on the SUNY Food Insecurity Task Force, formed to address student hunger.
Holmes has also been an administrator at North Shore Community College in Massachusetts, Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, and the University of Mississippi. He has taught graduate and undergraduate students and worked as a residence hall adviser, financial aid adviser, coordinator of student wellness and alcohol and drug abuse programs, and dean of students. Throughout his career, he has been devoted to expanding student equity and success.
Holmes grew up in Mississippi, where he earned an associate degree at Itawamba Community College and a bachelor’s degree at the University of Mississippi – both in accounting. He continued his studies at the University of Mississippi by earning a master’s degree in higher education and student personnel services, followed by a doctorate in educational leadership.
Liz Kniss has recently left public service after holding public office for thirty-five years. Kniss began her public career when elected to the Palo Alto Unified School District Board in 1985, then was elected to the Palo Alto City Council in 1989, serving three terms as well as Mayor in 1994 and 2000.
In 1994, Mayor Kniss led Palo Alto to be the first city in the U.S. with a website. Affordable Housing, internet connectivity, and community family resources were emphasized while she served.
In November 2000, Kniss was elected to represent Santa Clara County's Fifth District on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. In her county role, she was on the boards of VTA, CalTrain, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and was elected to leadership roles on each board. After serving three terms, the maximum allowed at one time, she returned to the Palo Alto City Council. In 2016, she won by a decisive margin; Kniss was elected a total of ten times. She was elected mayor of Palo Alto for the third time in 2018.
Kniss’ background as a public health professional has proven of great value for serving in public office and supporting goals for a healthy environment and sustainable future. Kniss holds a BSN from Simmons University, an MPA from CSU, and studied health policy and economics at UCB. In addition, she also worked in Marketing and Communications at Sun Microsystems in SunLabs for over ten years.
Gay Krause is executive director of the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI), Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California. The KCI's mission is to design and implement innovative professional development education and training, with an emphasis on technology integration and STEM, to support the diverse workforce needed to compete in the knowledge economy.
Gay has extensive experience in offering professional development programs to educators K-14. Prior to this position, she was a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, then principal at Graham Middle School, Mountain View, California for 10 years.
Gay has been the founder and chairperson of the Mountain View/Los Altos Challenge Team for 26 years, which is primarily a networking group of community leaders who work with at-risk youth. This leadership group has extensive connections to the K-14 educational community in Silicon Valley. Gay's other non-profit interests currently include board positions on the YMCA of Silicon Valley, Children Now, and the Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board.
Gay received her B.S. degree in Education/Special Education from Penn State University and her M.S. degree in counseling psychology from the University of Virginia. She holds credentials in administration from the San Francisco State University and San Jose State University. Her husband has been a long-time Silicon Valley high-tech executive.
Orrin Mahoney, Co-Chair, De Anza Commission, Ex-Officio
Orrin Mahoney is a long time resident of Cupertino, California. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1967, he came to California to work at Hewlett-Packard and received a Master’s degree from Stanford while working there. After a 35-year management career at HP, he retired and devoted his time to community activities.
He is a member of the Cupertino City Council and has served twice as Mayor. In addition to many other community groups, including the De Anza Commission, he is an active member and past president of the Rotary Club of Cupertino.
As part of the Club’s International Service activities, he has participated in 10 project trips to Mexico, China, India, and Central and South America.
He is married, with four daughters and four grandchildren.
Judy C. Miner, chancellor, FHDA CCD, Ex-Officio
Judy C. Miner was president of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California from July 1, 2007, until she became Chancellor on August 1, 2015.
She has worked as a higher education administrator since 1977 and in the California Community Colleges since 1979 where she has held numerous administrative positions in student services and instruction at City College of San Francisco, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, and De Anza College.
Regionally, she serves on advisory boards for the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning; the Doctorate in Education Program at San Francisco State University; the Los Altos Library Endowment; San Francisco Opera Education Programs; and the Carmel Authors and Ideas Festival. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce and Year Up Bay Area.
Nationally, she serves on the Commission for Inclusion of the American Council of Education; the Board of Directors for the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG).
In 2011, under the auspices of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), she served on the Working Group that produced Report to the President, Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The White House published the report in February of 2012. On March 23, 2012, Science magazine published her editorial entitled "America's Community Colleges" with an accompanying podcast that highlights the science initiatives at Foothill College. She earned her B.A., summa cum laude, in history and French at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco; her M.A. in history at that same college; and her Ed.D. in organization and leadership (with a concentration in education law) from the University of San Francisco. She also holds an honorary A.S. from Imperial Valley College.
As former President of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation, Kathleen has worked to focus the Foundation's attention on ways to serve students by "Changing Lives, One Student at a Time". Kathleen has also been involved with Foothill College's Environmental Horticulture division through her Slow the Flow Projects.
She helped organize a Water Wise Landscape Conference and worked to install multiple rainwater harvesting systems at Foothill College. In addition, she has led the implementation of a project to recycle water from Foothill College cooling towers to the campus irrigation system.
Kathleen is the founder and chair of the Foothill College STEM Lecture Series, which brings community members to Foothill to hear thought leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Kathleen and her husband, Mark, have funded and helped implement the renovation of the UC Irvine Athletic Training Center. For the past 16 years, Kathleen has organized a ReCycle Bike Drive to benefit those less fortunate in our community. She is a member of the Los Altos Hills Water Conservation Committee and GreenTown Los Altos. In addition, she is a member of the Montalvo Arts Center Board of Trustees in Saratoga, Ca.
Kathleen holds a BS in Biology and an MBA with a concentration in Organizational Behavior. She resides with her family in Los Altos Hills.
Archana Sathaye has had a career spanning industry, academia, and more recently non-profits. She was a Principal Engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation in the Advanced Systems Engineering Group.
She was an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh, was on the faculty in Computer Science at San Jose State University, and also was an adjunct professor in the Business School at Santa Clara University.
She has published several papers and contributed book-chapters in performance and availability modeling, data mining, and discrete event dynamic systems. Recently, Archana spends her time with non-profit institutions. She is a Member of the Board of Directors of The Tech Museum, Board Member of the Air Systems Foundation Scholarship Board, an Advisory Board Member of The Harker School, and an Advisory Board Member of the Sunday Friends Foundation. Archana has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a Masters in Applied Mathematics from Virginia Tech, and a Masters in Pure Mathematics from Bombay University.
Savita Vaidhyanathan, CO-Chair, De Anza Commission, Ex-Officio
Savita Vaidhyanathan and her tech-entrepreneur husband, Doc Vaidhyanathan are long-time residents of Cupertino. As a proud alumnus of De Anza College, she transferred to San Jose State University to earn an MBA.
She volunteers in the Cupertino community through organizations like the Rotary Club of Cupertino, West Valley Community Services (WVCS), and De Anza College Commission. She was instrumental in connecting the food programs administered through WVCS to address the needs of De Anza college students.
Savita was honored to be elected to the Cupertino City Council in 2014 and had the privilege to serve as Mayor in 2017. As an elected representative she drove initiatives to reduce traffic congestion, affect climate change policies, and support programs for youth and seniors. She also represented five West Valley cities on the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board and worked with De Anza students on the Smart Pass program.
HOLLY WONG AGBAYANI
Holly is a tax partner at the firm Brown, Adams, Agbayani LLP. Holly specializes in tax and estate planning for high net worth individuals, stock option planning, charitable remainder trusts, and estate and fiduciary taxation.
Holly received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce with an emphasis in accounting from Santa Clara University.
Holly is on the Board of Directors of The Foothill-De Anza Foundation and The Sunnyvale School District Education Foundation. Holly is a past President of the Financial Planning Forum. Holly is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs.